Michael Vincente Perez
Delineation and analysis of a specific problem or related problems in anthropology. Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty.
Violence has been a significant force in the creation of the modern world. Whether in the formation of colonial states in the Americas, the post-colonial nations of Asia and Africa, or post-war Europe, wide-scale violence and mass killings have left an indelible mark on the peoples and places of the world. Understanding how the victims and perpetrators of historical abuses and atrocities remember the past is paramount for determining the possibility of justice and a more peaceful future. This course will examine the relationship between violence and memory and its significance for community formation, historical meaning, and peace and reconciliation. How do people address, commemorate, and/or repress traumatic memories of mass violence and suffering? What is the relationship between violence and memory and how does it suggest the possibility of peace and justice? Looking at historical and contemporary cases of mass violence and the production and representation of collective memory, it will consider how communities and nations confront, interpret, and recover (and fail to recover) from past traumas.
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